Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.
The museum is named after William Matthew Finders Petrie, often considered a father of modern scientific archaeology because he pioneered methods for dating and interpreting objects.Much of the collection comes from excavations carried out in Egypt and Sudan in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The museum began as a teaching collection for University College London and the objects are still used for teaching and research in many different fields in universities and schools.The museum has an innovative programme of exhibitions and events—from Film Club to installation by contemporary artists.